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IN PICTURES: Vivid Sydney 2015 - Circular Quay and The Rocks, Pt 1

Vivid Sydney 2015 is beautiful, challenging and immersive. The 18-day festival of light, music and ideas features many of the world's most important creative industry forums, an extraordinary free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations and a cutting-edge contemporary music program. Simply, Vivid Sydney is where art, technology and commerce intersect. And there is plenty of technology. But what is most fascinating is the way that technology absorbs every age and interest group. Watch three-year-olds wowed by the light play and stories running across the Custom House or illuminating the Museum of Contemporary Art. Watch pensioners sitting by the water past the Passenger Terminal watching the sails tell their own stories in light and image. Everywhere there is a glow, a brilliance, an installation, a chance to interact with technology, to watch a big screen, a small screen, a giant screen where a whole city becomes a canvas for ideas. Editorial director, MIKE GEE, delivers a special three-part coverage of Vivid Sydney 2015. It begins here.

  • Vivid is all about the interaction between people of all ages with technology

  • Enchanted Sydney by Spinifex Group: The projection on to Customs House tells a story featuring monsters, cockroaches, ladybirds and all sorts of wonderful creatures the young and not-so-young at heart

  • Enchanted Sydney by Spinifex Group: The projection on to Customs House tells a story featuring monsters, cockroaches, ladybirds and all sorts of wonderful creatures the young and not-so-young at heart

  • Enchanted Sydney by Spinifex Group: The projection on to Customs House tells a story featuring monsters, cockroaches, ladybirds and all sorts of wonderful creatures the young and not-so-young at heart

  • Enchanted Sydney by Spinifex Group: The projection on to Customs House tells a story featuring monsters, cockroaches, ladybirds and all sorts of wonderful creatures the young and not-so-young at heart

  • Enchanted Sydney by Spinifex Group: The projection on to Customs House tells a story featuring monsters, cockroaches, ladybirds and all sorts of wonderful creatures the young and not-so-young at heart

  • Enchanted Sydney by Spinifex Group: The projection on to Customs House tells a story featuring monsters, cockroaches, ladybirds and all sorts of wonderful creatures the young and not-so-young at heart

  • Enchanted Sydney by Spinifex Group: The projection on to Customs House tells a story featuring monsters, cockroaches, ladybirds and all sorts of wonderful creatures the young and not-so-young at heart

  • Enchanted Sydney by Spinifex Group: The projection on to Customs House tells a story featuring monsters, cockroaches, ladybirds and all sorts of wonderful creatures the young and not-so-young at heart

  • Enchanted Sydney by Spinifex Group: The projection on to Customs House tells a story featuring monsters, cockroaches, ladybirds and all sorts of wonderful creatures the young and not-so-young at heart

  • Enchanted Sydney by Spinifex Group: The projection on to Customs House tells a story featuring monsters, cockroaches, ladybirds and all sorts of wonderful creatures the young and not-so-young at heart

  • Enchanted Sydney by Spinifex Group: The projection on to Customs House tells a story featuring monsters, cockroaches, ladybirds and all sorts of wonderful creatures the young and not-so-young at heart

  • Like all festivals there are singer/songwriters ... and litter

  • Sky high

  • Light Origami by Masakazu Shirane (Japan) / Reuben Young (Australia) Collaborators: ARUP (Tim Car / Neelam Gopalani) / Inge Liljestrom: Reflections

  • Light Origami by Masakazu Shirane (Japan) / Reuben Young (Australia) Collaborators: ARUP (Tim Car / Neelam Gopalani) / Inge Liljestrom: Reflections

  • The musical steps were a huge hit

  • The musical steps were a huge hit

  • This year multi-disciplinary design collective, Universal Everything, has created a projected artwork for the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Founded 11 years ago by UK creative director Matt Pyke, the bold, colour-friendly group has previously collaborated with Radiohead, Warp Records and on large-scale events such as the London 2012 Olympics. Playing with technology to invent new forms of design and moving imagery, Universal Everything has created a digital whirl of colour to be projected onto the sails of Australia's major artistic icon.

  • This year multi-disciplinary design collective, Universal Everything, has created a projected artwork for the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Founded 11 years ago by UK creative director Matt Pyke, the bold, colour-friendly group has previously collaborated with Radiohead, Warp Records and on large-scale events such as the London 2012 Olympics. Playing with technology to invent new forms of design and moving imagery, Universal Everything has created a digital whirl of colour to be projected onto the sails of Australia's major artistic icon.

  • This year multi-disciplinary design collective, Universal Everything, has created a projected artwork for the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Founded 11 years ago by UK creative director Matt Pyke, the bold, colour-friendly group has previously collaborated with Radiohead, Warp Records and on large-scale events such as the London 2012 Olympics. Playing with technology to invent new forms of design and moving imagery, Universal Everything has created a digital whirl of colour to be projected onto the sails of Australia's major artistic icon.

  • This year multi-disciplinary design collective, Universal Everything, has created a projected artwork for the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Founded 11 years ago by UK creative director Matt Pyke, the bold, colour-friendly group has previously collaborated with Radiohead, Warp Records and on large-scale events such as the London 2012 Olympics. Playing with technology to invent new forms of design and moving imagery, Universal Everything has created a digital whirl of colour to be projected onto the sails of Australia's major artistic icon.

  • The Vivid Light Walk runs around Circular Quay from the Sydney Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge

  • Spendens by Vossarch (Jon Voss): Splendens captures the moment when two Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens) are poised to battle to the death. The feisty males of the species are notorious for their territorial jousting and deadly intent.

  • The Vivid Light Walk runs around Circular Quay from the Sydney Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge - the lines of light are the trails left by boats as many of these photos are taken using exposures from 8 seconds to 30 seconds.

  • The Vivid Light Walk runs around Circular Quay from the Sydney Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge - the lines of light are the trails left by boats as many of these photos are taken using exposures from 8 seconds to 30 seconds.

  • The Vivid Light Walk runs around Circular Quay from the Sydney Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge - the lines of light are the trails left by boats as many of these photos are taken using exposures from 8 seconds to 30 seconds.

  • The Vivid Light Walk runs around Circular Quay from the Sydney Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge - the lines of light are the trails left by boats as many of these photos are taken using exposures from 8 seconds to 30 seconds.

  • The Vivid Light Walk runs around Circular Quay from the Sydney Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge - the lines of light are the trails left by boats as many of these photos are taken using exposures from 8 seconds to 30 seconds.

  • The Vivid Light Walk runs around Circular Quay from the Sydney Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge - the lines of light are the trails left by boats as many of these photos are taken using exposures from 8 seconds to 30 seconds.

  • The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park - the lines of light are the trails left by boats as many of these photos are taken using exposures from 8 seconds to 30 seconds.

  • The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park - the lines of light are the trails left by boats as many of these photos are taken using exposures from 8 seconds to 30 seconds.

  • The Vivid Light Walk runs around Circular Quay from the Sydney Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge - the lines of light are the trails left by boats as many of these photos are taken using exposures from 8 seconds to 30 seconds.

  • Part of the free exhibition by Universal Everything within the Sydney opera House

  • Part of the free exhibition by Universal Everything within the Sydney opera House

  • The panoramic view from Cahill Walk above the Vivid Light Walk and the various installations and light plays running from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Sydney Opera House

  • The panoramic view from Cahill Walk above the Vivid Light Walk and the various installations and light plays running from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Sydney Opera House

  • The panoramic view from Cahill Walk above the Vivid Light Walk and the various installations and light plays running from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Sydney Opera House

  • Shot on a 25-second exposure, cars on the Cahill Freeway leave light tracks as the buildings glow with light projections.

  • Shot on a 25-second exposure, cars on the Cahill Freeway leave light tracks as the buildings glow with light projections.

  • The panoramic view from Cahill Walk above the Vivid Light Walk and the various installations and light plays running from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Sydney Opera House

  • The panoramic view from Cahill Walk above the Vivid Light Walk and the various installations and light plays running from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Sydney Opera House

  • The panoramic view from Cahill Walk above the Vivid Light Walk and the various installations and light plays running from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Sydney Opera House

  • The panoramic view from Cahill Walk above the Vivid Light Walk and the various installations and light plays running from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Sydney Opera House

  • The panoramic view from Cahill Walk above the Vivid Light Walk and the various installations and light plays running from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Sydney Opera House

  • The panoramic view from Cahill Walk above the Vivid Light Walk and the various installations and light plays running from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Sydney Opera House

  • The panoramic view from Cahill Walk above the Vivid Light Walk and the various installations and light plays running from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Sydney Opera House

  • The panoramic view from Cahill Walk above the Vivid Light Walk and the various installations and light plays running from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Sydney Opera House

  • The panoramic view from Cahill Walk above the Vivid Light Walk and the various installations and light plays running from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Sydney Opera House

  • The panoramic view from Cahill Walk above the Vivid Light Walk and the various installations and light plays running from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Sydney Opera House

  • The panoramic view from Cahill Walk above the Vivid Light Walk and the various installations and light plays running from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Sydney Opera House

  • The panoramic view from Cahill Walk above the Vivid Light Walk and the various installations and light plays running from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Sydney Opera House - you can see here how busy it was on Saturday, May 30

  • Duck Duck Goose by Tempest Technical Lighting (Chris Thodey): a game played by participants within a circle of illuminated container drums. The game involves changing the coloured lighting on the drums, which respond to touch, sound and ambient light. The drums begin to respond when players are within a few centimetres of them; as the ambient sound level rises, the light-sequences speed up or slow down; very loud sounds such as fireworks trigger a flashing effect.

  • The Rocks aglow

  • The view from Cahill Walk across to the Opera House

  • The view from Cahill Walk across to the Opera House

  • Even the trees glow ...

  • The Philips Tree of Light brings nature to life with light. More than 5,000 individual LED light points create an organic web of digital light to produce a unique interactive visual experience that transforms nature into artwork at night through movement and colour. Each light point is programmed to work in concert, digitally reproducing mesmerising images through light. Philips Color Kinetics ColorFlex technology provides the backbone of the digital tree.

  • Arclight by Studio Workshop (Chris Knapp (Australia) / Jonathan Nelson (Australia)) + Matsys (Andrew Kudless (USA)). Collaborators: Bond University (Nathan Freeman (Australia) + Bollinger-Grohmann (Sascha Bohnenberger (Germany) + Media Architecture Institute / UNSW (Matthias Hausler (Germany) / Eliot Rosenburg (Australia) / Rebekah Araullo (Australia) / Marius Hoggenmuller (Germany). Arclight is an architecturally designed, environmentally inspired structure that echoes the native mangroves of Australia’s waterways. Through its complex geometry and architectural form, Arclight creates a dense thicket of clustered synthetic branch structures which incorporate interactive lighting technology programmed to interpret environmental conditions.

  • Arclight by Studio Workshop (Chris Knapp (Australia) / Jonathan Nelson (Australia)) + Matsys (Andrew Kudless (USA)). Collaborators: Bond University (Nathan Freeman (Australia) + Bollinger-Grohmann (Sascha Bohnenberger (Germany) + Media Architecture Institute / UNSW (Matthias Hausler (Germany) / Eliot Rosenburg (Australia) / Rebekah Araullo (Australia) / Marius Hoggenmuller (Germany). Arclight is an architecturally designed, environmentally inspired structure that echoes the native mangroves of Australia’s waterways. Through its complex geometry and architectural form, Arclight creates a dense thicket of clustered synthetic branch structures which incorporate interactive lighting technology programmed to interpret environmental conditions.

  • Arclight by Studio Workshop (Chris Knapp (Australia) / Jonathan Nelson (Australia)) + Matsys (Andrew Kudless (USA)). Collaborators: Bond University (Nathan Freeman (Australia) + Bollinger-Grohmann (Sascha Bohnenberger (Germany) + Media Architecture Institute / UNSW (Matthias Hausler (Germany) / Eliot Rosenburg (Australia) / Rebekah Araullo (Australia) / Marius Hoggenmuller (Germany). Arclight is an architecturally designed, environmentally inspired structure that echoes the native mangroves of Australia’s waterways. Through its complex geometry and architectural form, Arclight creates a dense thicket of clustered synthetic branch structures which incorporate interactive lighting technology programmed to interpret environmental conditions.

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